We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Hiroshima Unlearned: Time To Tell the Truth About US Relations with Russia

Click here to access article by Alice Slater from Defend Democracy Press.

Slater doesn't even begin to explain how and why the capitalist ruling classes have forbidden any serious attempt to draw the right lessons from this horrendous event and all other events since then.

The extensive history of major political events since the Russian Revolution has encompassed military invasions, CIA subversive actions (including the "Color Revolutions"), infiltration of media corporations, educational institutions to obliterate the true history since this revolution, etc. She focuses on only one dramatic event.  Since the end of WWII the US Empire engaged in one of history's worst crime of mind altering accomplishments motivated by capitalist ruling classes to preserve their system from any good examples that the vast majority of the Earth's people might create. One of the results was the distortion of socialism.

The Russian Revolution of 1917 shocked the capitalist ruling classes all over the globe. (I covered this in a series of posts in October and November 2017 commemorating the hundredth anniversary. Type in "Russian Revolution" in any of my search engines scattered across my weblog.)  This decisive event of the 20th century established the first government that banned any significant private ownership of the economy. (Only small family-run businesses were permitted.) 

Since that time capitalist ruling classes have fought obsessively to crush this economic arrangement and to prevent it from spreading. (See this and this.) The British led the efforts, along with at least 13 other nations, after the Revolution to militarily destroy it. (Yes, the USA participated.) The extensive capitalist ruling classes efforts did not destroy the Soviet Union, but they succeeded in distorting much of the fabric of Russian socialism which led to its collapse in 1990, and have largely prevented the establishment of socialist governments elsewhere in the world. Cuba is hanging on by a thread, and Venezuela's efforts are being threatened. In my opinion, China's rule by the Communist Party with its substantial capitalist sector has still to prove itself. 

The history of this sordid, long series of events has been carefully and successfully hidden from the American people. Since then, one of history's most significant event has been rewritten by well paid historians and others employed by Western media and entertainment corporations. This largely successful propaganda and indoctrination effort has been overwhelmingly successful. Slater focuses on only one horrendous event in this long and complex history.

In these dreadful current times, we see the rise of major countries like Russia, China, and Iran, which are pursing a multilateral world, are threatening the dominance of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire which replaced the overtly fascist empires of Germany, Japan, and Italy in WWII.

Friday, August 9, 2019

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Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

Click here to access article by Ellen Brown from TruthDig.

Brown essentially argues that a capitalist state should manage their corporations on behalf of the capitalist class like China does. This thesis confirms her support for the capitalist class which is what I've inferred from writings in the past. To argue her thesis, she cites a number of examples of countries (referred to as "Asian Tigers economies" and Japan) that between 1960s and into the 1990s had a strong government sector that supported their capitalist enterprises. 

They were quite easily taken down by the imperial USA in the 1997 Asian crisis, and she doesn't explain why they were defeated at the time by the neoliberal policies of the US Empire, and she doesn't explain why China wasn't (other than their economy was too big). I think that China's Communist Party were far more protective of their industries both private and state-owned. 

The shallow-thinking Brown doesn't hesitate to argue her thesis that the US should adopt such a government like China. To support her argument, she also draws on an article in Foreign Affairs, a core ruling capitalist class publication, in which surprisingly advocates a similar government arrangement for the US and argues against the belligerent policies of the Obama and Trump administrations! She summarize the argument of that article as being the following:
The implication is that China, being too strong to be knocked out of the game as the Soviet Union was, needs to be coerced or cajoled into adopting the neoliberal model and abandoning state support of its industries and ownership of its banks. [This she ignores.] But the Chinese system, while obviously not perfect, has an impressive track record for sustaining long-term growth and development. While the U.S. manufacturing base was being hollowed out under the free-market model, China was systematically building up its own manufacturing base and investing heavily in infrastructure and emerging technologies, and it was doing this with credit generated by its state-owned banks. Rather than trying to destroy China’s economic system, it might be more “favorable to U.S. interests and values” for us to adopt its more effective industrial and banking practices.
She has long argued that banking should be government owned, and this article is no exception--only she wants banks to support the interests of capitalists!  In spite of the fact that she recognizes that most industries are state owned in China, she still wants banks to support privately owned industries in the USA. This is another liberal argument in support of capitalism. That is, capitalism, must be guided by the capitalist class to more efficiently support US capitalists. 

She is right when she writes that "the free market model hollowed out America’s manufacturing base". US industries under the control of capitalists logically sought short-term profits by transferring their operations to China and a number of other countries where the cost of labor was much cheaper. She can't have it both ways: supporting US capitalists while wanting them to promote national interests. The US and all other capitalist classes only use the nation when it is convenient, and dispenses with the nation when it isn't convenient for their maximization of profits. The prime objective of capitalist ruling classes is that they always seek their own class interests: profits and power. The US/Anglo/Zionist Empire is guided by neoliberal policies which considers national boundaries irrelevant in their pursuit of profits.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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NATO’s China Double-Think

Click here to access article by Finian Cunningham from Strategic Culture Foundation.

Cunningham starts out by castigating such fools as NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and other such lackeys of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, but sees the directors of the Empire digging their own graves by their bellicose actions and threats. 

As the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire experience one military defeat after another, threatened by the desertion of countries from the petro-dollar, and mounting debts to 23 trillion dollars, the directors of this Empire are now panicking by threatening everybody and thus, digging its own grave. Such is Cunningham's argument--and I firmly believe he is correct. Because of this I also believe that we are entering a very dangerous phase of the demise of the Empire, and with its demise the shocking effects on the people of the USA.

The War on White Supremacist Terror

Click here to access article by C. J. Hopkins from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc.

The master satirist does it once again: mockingly criticizes our masters in the ruling capitalist class for trying to "beat the drum" (def.) for more attacks on civil liberties (as if there has not been enough under the Patriot Act). (The other major mouth piece of our masters, The Washington Post, is also demanding this. One cannot fault our masters for a lack of coordination.) No doubt they have in mind first attacking "white supremacists" as only a first step; then they will use this to take away what's left of the civil liberties of all of us.   

Hopkins describes the latest scary myth being promoted by our masters to exploit the recent attacks on US citizens in order to curtail our civil liberties:
The official narrative of the moment is Democracy versus The Putin-Nazis (also known as The War on Populism), which I’ve been covering in these columns, satirically and more seriously, for the better part of the last three years. According to this official narrative, “democracy is under attack” by a conspiracy of Russians and neo-Nazis that magically materialized out of thin air during the Summer of 2016, right around the time Trump won the nomination. OK, the Russia part kind of sputtered out recently, so the global capitalist ruling classes and their mouthpieces in the corporate media are now going full-bore on the fascism hysteria. They’ve been doing this relentlessly since Trump won the election, alternating between the Russia hysteria and the fascism hysteria from week to week, day to day, sometimes hour to hour, depending on which one is “hot” at the moment.
These recent mass shootings have provided them with a golden opportunity, not just to flog the fascism hysteria once again, but to fold it into the terrorism hysteria which Americans have been indoctrinated with since September 11, 2001 (the objective of which indoctrination being to establish in the American psyche “the Terrorist” as the new official enemy, replacing the “Communist” official enemy that had filled this role throughout the Cold War). 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Michael Hudson: Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy

Click here to access article by Michael Hudson from Naked Capitalism.

Hudson, who is employed as an economics professor at University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO), must not challenge capitalism overtly and directly. Nevertheless, I am amazed that he has gotten away with his more subdued criticisms of the system. For example, he must make less than blunt, mild statements like the following:
To implement a successful Green policy program, it thus is necessary to move beyond the environmental problem to take on a broad and wealthy array of vested interests. They will cite free-market ideology as justification for taking their money in the short run, without care for the weather disaster they are causing. That makes the task much more daunting, and also may limit the ideological appeal of a real Green program. 
Could he be writing that it is necessary for a successful Green policy program to replace capitalism with some system that doesn't reward a small minority of people to benefit from the exploitation of nature and people and, instead, is responsive to the needs of all people? 

PBS: Keeper of Official State Myths

Click here to access article by Bill Willers from Dissident Voice.

Willers's remarks about the prime role of PBS as gatekeeper and propagandist for the Deep State parallels my own experience after many years of watching the ad-free programming which is funded by major US corporations and the rich endowments of capitalists. Yes, they always thank "viewers like you", but I think the appeal to the public functions as a propaganda cover to legitimatize their programming. While corporate advertisers sponsor commercial programs to increase sales of their products, they also insure the future of the capitalist system by lavishly funding PBS.

He concludes with this summary statement:
American mainstream journalism is now a tapestry of lies of omission. PBS, however, is a standout in this area, because its prominent, “in depth” productions on Nova, American Experience and Frontline are considered widely to represent the best investigative journalism available. It is this reputation that places PBS above the networks in the public mind. As PBS has willfully avoided specific areas for exploration, and has excluded truths that a governmental power structure does not want aired, it has made itself a powerful tool in the rewriting of history.
Thus, not only ordinary adults of the present generation are influenced by these lies, but their children study these lies in history classes. The lies become a manufactured "reality".

(Have you noticed that so many dissident writers like Willers are retired from academia? This is because their academic careers, while they actively pursue such careers, are threatened if they don't support the Deep State's lies.)

Monday, August 5, 2019

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Dancing with Grief

Click here to access article by Dahr Jamail from Titanic Lifeboat Academy (originally from Resilience).

This post is an exception to my policy to post articles from their original websites. I encourage you to click on this website to see for yourselves the many fine articles appearing on it.

The people at Titanic Lifeboat Academy have devoted so much time and effort into warning people about the climate crisis and have trained people to live sustainably. I recommend this website especially to those of you who are now resigned to the destabilization of our climate. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

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